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fishguts  
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06/24/2011 09:14AM
 
New Trip Report posted by fishguts

Trip Name: fishguts 2011 Quetico Trip .

Entry Point: Quetico

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fitgers1  
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06/24/2011 10:16AM
 
Thanks for the report. A good read. We went in a couple days after you left. Wish we would have had your weather.


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson...and...“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
AndySG  
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06/24/2011 10:53AM
 
Pat, after reading your report, I'd say your ending quote of "It was a wonderful trip" is a gross understatement. WOW Dude! Great weather, fantastic fishing, pleasant camping, beautiful scenery and great outdoor meals. What more could one of us outdoor nuts dream of?


Great report and Fantastic photos. Lots of ammo there for the photo contests. Thanks for sharing.


BTW, how did the new Expresso work out?


"I rather paddle in ignorant bliss than be arrogantly informed." ~ Kenneth Martenson
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06/24/2011 10:54AM
 
You've got some great photos.


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fishguts  
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06/24/2011 11:21AM
 
AndySG,


The New Bending Branches Expresso is a great paddle! It is ultra light, smooth and flexes enough to give you that extra snap at the end of your stroke..... I took good care of mine, I felt like with neglect you could damage this paddle, if you were not careful.
fishguts


fishguts
nojobro  
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06/24/2011 11:21AM
 
Nice! I'm glad you had a wonderful trip. You left on my birthday, so I was hoping it would be a nice day for you (despite the knee thing). Interesting to see the picture of the tow boat loaded with canoes.

It was also nice to read about the trip that you counted down to for so long.
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06/24/2011 12:19PM
 
Great trip report! It's always better when you travel with good friends and have good weather. The fishing report sounded great. Catching several different species makes for alot of fun.
OldGreyGoose  
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06/24/2011 01:09PM
 
Patrick, Great Stuff! (As usual.) Some photo contest quality pictures! I have to get back to Zups and into that area again soon. Wonder if the turtle on William was the same one we saw in 2009? Nice fish; Quetico must really be fished out now with all that you guys ate! Thanks for sharing. --Goose


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TuscaroraBorealis  
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06/24/2011 01:36PM
 
Great report!


Thanks for taking the time to share your story & photos. Looks like you had some great fishing & a great time.
AndySG  
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06/24/2011 05:34PM
 
quote fishguts: "AndySG,



The New Bending Branches Expresso is a great paddle! It is ultra light, smooth and flexes enough to give you that extra snap at the end of your stroke..... I took good care of mine, I felt like with neglect you could damage this paddle, if you were not careful.
fishguts"

I'm glad it worked out for you. I have the same (58") paddle and love it! Not only does it give you a great stroke, but it is a wonder to steer with compared to a bent shaft. I baby mine too, even to the point of pushing off with the knob end rather than the blade. Worth every penny.


"I rather paddle in ignorant bliss than be arrogantly informed." ~ Kenneth Martenson
muddy  
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06/24/2011 06:59PM
 
Sounds like a great trip!
Banksiana  
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06/24/2011 11:00PM
 
Guts/Patrick- great trip, great report. That missing portage to Suzanette starts about a hundred yards back from the end of the bay- not an easy landing to see- and then heads up the hill before turning towards the unnamed lake.


The 50 and 60 rod portages between Earl and Brent are by far the longest 50/60 portages I've taken.


Glad you had such a good trip. Beautiful fish on Earl!


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06/24/2011 11:14PM
 
Great photos and report, thanks for putting it together!
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06/25/2011 09:05AM
 
Fishguts,


Nice Report, Liked ALL the Pictures. The one with you four by the fire is my favorite! I like doing those kind!
From the Sounds of things and looks of things you all had a wonderful time.
Ain't the woods a great place to be!


SunCatcher


Dad Always said "We don't Always catch fish...but we ALWAYS have a good time"
mr.barley  
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06/25/2011 11:47AM
 
Great trip report, FG. How did you talk the guy from Spinal Tap to go with?


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fishguts  
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06/25/2011 01:04PM
 
the guy from Spinal Tap?.....?


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06/25/2011 01:07PM
 
quote fishguts: " the guy from Spinal Tap?.....? " spinal tap


Of all the things I've lost in my life I think I miss my mind the most
fishguts  
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06/25/2011 01:10PM
 
MMMmmm! The guy on the left does have "chops" like my buddy Dave MMmmm!


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BnD  
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06/25/2011 07:15PM
 
Great trip report. Really enjoyed reading. Great pics.


BnD
Wallidave  
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06/25/2011 09:12PM
 
Great report and pics Guts...thanks for taking the time to share your story....Looks like it was worth the wait as we all know it is:)


Dave
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06/30/2011 01:57AM
 
Great trip report Guts! How is your knee feeling now?


Joy is a great teacher, but so is dispair. Wonder is a great teacher, but so is confusion. Hope is a great teacher, but so is disillusionment. And life is a great teacher, but so is death. To deny yourself any of those in any aspect is not experiencing life totally.
fishguts  
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06/30/2011 02:48PM
 
dicecupmaker,
Thanks for asking! Lucky for me it was much better towards the end of the trip, only was bad the first 3 days after straining it....Walking level was OK....it was bad carrying a heavy pack and going down-hill.
guts


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snakecharmer  
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06/30/2011 09:19PM
 
Enjoyed reading your trip report FG! Glad to hear the knee injury didn't impact the trip too much.


"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after"
~ Henry David Thoreau
timatkn  
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06/30/2011 10:59PM
 
Great report as always---but I am biased as I seem to like the same lakes as you.


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fishguts  
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06/30/2011 11:39PM
 
timatkn,
must be something to what you say....hope those lakes stay less visited like they were on our trip....there is something wonderful about Quetico solitude, and then there's the trout.....better keep this quite :-)


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wildernessfan2  
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07/01/2011 08:56AM
 
Great report! Glad you got the long anticipated trip in and your knee didn't ruin it. Thanks for sharing!


Freshwater is delicious! Saltwater not so much..
jb in the wild  
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07/02/2011 03:35PM
 
Job well done Guts glad you had a great time.


When's the next trip?



JB


You can't explain the obvious to the ignorant.
fishguts  
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07/02/2011 04:35PM
 
Don't know, we live in Oregon ya know.... It'll happen. :-)


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07/02/2011 09:29PM
 
Sounds like a wonderful trip, Fishguts - you look real happy in all those pictures. Hope the next one is even better. BTW, I'll be in OR soon for the first time - have to see my new granddaughter.
TomT  
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07/02/2011 09:34PM
 
Excellent trip report FG. Enjoyed the pics too. It amazes me the hoops you guys have to jump through to do a trip like this. It says a lot about the quality of a place like Quetico. But like you say - let's keep it to ourselves. :)

And nice fishing and weather to boot! Can't ask for any more than that. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.



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07/05/2011 02:49PM
 
Just curious, what were you using to fish for Trout with when fishing from the campsite? In reference to the the pics you posted in the 5 star campsite discussion
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07/05/2011 03:11PM
 
nevermind...found it.
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07/06/2011 09:14AM
 
Looks like another great trip Pat! Always happy to read about your trips. Surprised to see that old moose head is still out there.
I should have warned you about that "almost" island on Minn, I did the same thing. I had to laugh, what kind of guys pack Tuna for lunch on a fishing trip?
fishguts  
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07/09/2011 12:49PM
 
Hey!Journeyman! The Tuna was a great idea, towards the end of the trip, when we were down to peanut butter & jelly & gorp.....the tuna was a treat!! It's light weight, and in the pouch has no water or oil....perfect....good hearing from you!:-)


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TenMileFrown  
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07/10/2011 01:37AM
 
The tuna was great. I remember wishing we had brought more at the time!
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07/12/2011 06:27PM
 
Nice trip report, Fishguts!!
fishguts  
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07/12/2011 11:28PM
 
Ya! Dustin, More tuna next time! :-)


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07/29/2011 12:59PM
 
Very Well done Fishguts....You always have a Great report and by the looks of it another Great trip... Enjoyed all the great fish pics and the antlers...


Woodpecker


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12/19/2011 02:50PM
 
Just curious where you camped on Gratton? Are there any good sites on Gratton or Wicksteed? Thanks. Great trp report.
fishguts  
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12/27/2011 03:46PM
 
Jeroldharter,

I sent you an e-mail.....:-)
fishguts


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fishguts  
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01/24/2012 03:16PM
 
Bump! just testing....seeing how many trip reports are left...:-(


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TomT  
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01/25/2012 06:52AM
 
I went through your report again mainly to read about the same sections that I had recently been through. The fish you guys caught are impressive, even the one you lost by the boat on Ted. It kinda sucks because of my seasonal business, I can only get away in August and Sept or early October. I would love to do a trip in the prime time fishing months of late May through June. I haven't done that since 1992.


Anyway, I also noticed that you have a pretty sweet looking water bag. Who makes that?


fishguts  
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01/25/2012 10:11AM
 
Tom,


I have no idea about who makes the Canvas Water Bucket we have. It was given to me as a Christmas gift a few years ago by my daughter who lives in Seattle.


fishguts
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05/01/2012 11:56PM
 
Great report! My favorite photo is the group of the 4 of you on the dock outside Scott's on Crane Lake....we fly into a lake each year out of Crane and that's one of my favorite places in the world (because when I'm there it means I'm only an hour or so away from Smallie Time!). I always get a kick out of watching the golden retrievers fishing by the ramp! Thanks for sharing.


Pat


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05/03/2012 12:38PM
 
That was a neat trip - thanks for the report. I'm jealous of your success fishing. I also gained insight into those that can't just drive a few hours and be in Ely. You guys really have to plan for much more than I do.


Looks like cremation is my last hope for a hot, smoking body.
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